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Established in 2007, The Forum on Contemporary Issues in Society (FOCIS) is a special initiative designed to focus the university’s problem-solving resources on an eclectic range of topics important to the campus community and beyond. FOCIS lectures and related events bring together the institution’s teaching, research and service missions to advance the frontiers of knowledge, promote informed debate and encourage responsible citizenship in an increasingly fast-paced, interconnected and complex world.


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CitizenDetroit Dinner & Dialogue
April 22 2015 at 5:00 PM
International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit
Our city has recently completed a remarkable trip through bankruptcy.  While a number of crippling financial challenges have been resolved, the real work of improving services to residents has just begun. The Plan of Adjustment approved by the court provides a road map for the next 10 years.  The Plan includes initiatives to increase city government revenues and improve the operations of city departments that will make the city government work more effectively.  But implementing the plan is the responsibility of our elected mayor and city council. This CitizenDetroit Dinner & Dialogue is your opportunity to learn more about the plan and share ideas with your neighbors about how to measure improvements in city services. It is important to the future of our city that your voice is heard.  We hope you will take part in our interactive session after enjoying a delicious dinner. City of Detroit residents and voters - REGISTER TODAY and join Dr. Irvin D. Reid and Sheila Cockrel for one of the upcoming CitizenDetroit Dinner and Dialogue event sessions.  Admission if free, but reservations are required.  To attend RSVP by April 17 online or call (313) 577-5550.   This program is presented by the Eugene Applebaum Chair in Community Engagement and the Forum on Contemporary Issues in Society (FOCIS) at Wayne State University.  The CitizenDetroit project is made possible through the generosity of alumnus Eugene Applebaum, The Kresge Foundation and The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. 
FOCIS presents General Wesley K. Clark
April 23 2015 at 6:00 PM
Community Arts
The Eugene Applebaum Chair in Community Engagement and the Forum on Contemporary Issues in Society have the pleasure of inviting members of the University community and friends to a keynote lecture entitled "Globalization, Terrorism & National Security: What in the world is going on?" to be delivered by General Wesley K. Clark.Date & Time: Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.Venue: Community Arts Auditorium, Wayne State University (450 Reuther Mall, Detroit, MI 48202)This event is free, however pre-registration is required. A reception and book signing with General Clark will follow the presentation. Self-parking is available in Structure #1 (at the corner of Palmer and Cass Ave.) via the Visitor's entrance. Parking is approximately $6.50 and can be paid with a debit or credit card.
ADP Tanzania Fall 2015 Course, Special Information Session
April 27 2015 at 10:00 AM
Undergraduate Library, David Adamany
A Unique Opportunity: Study and Travel to Tanzania, East Africa during the 2015 Presidential ElectionsHON 4260, African Democracy Project Tanzania, Fall 2015President Emeritus/Distinguished Professor Irvin D. Reid invites you to join a unique foreign study opportunity in Tanzania, East Africa.  First, you will study the history, culture, and politics of Tanzania here on campus for 10 weeks.  Then you will accompany Dr. Reid, and co-instructors Jennifer Hart, Assistant Professor of History, and Mr. Darryl Shreve, Emmy winning Filmmaker, on a 10-day field trip to Tanzania in Oct/Nov 2015 to observe the national elections.  You will be able to interact with students, scholars, NGO representatives, and ordinary citizens.  The highlight of your field study will be the national elections where you will meet government officials and political candidates.  You will also participate in the making of a documentary on democracy in Africa and conduct your own mini-research projects. This course is for all majors and covers contemporary issues in Tanzania, including education, popular culture, health, religion, political parties, economic development, and civil societies as well as race and gender. We will be based primarily in Dar es Salaam, the country's largest city, but we will also travel to rural areas.  We may even have an opportunity to go on a one-day safari, weather permitting. Estimated Cost is $4,125 - plus extras.  Start looking for that summer job now!  Enrollment is by permission only. SPECIAL INFORMATION SESSIONS UGL Community Room: Third Floor, Room 321010-11 a.m., Mon, April 27 or 4-5 p.m., Thu, April 30If you have additional questions or are unable to attend one of the information sessions, please contact Dr. Reid at: focis@wayne.edu or call 313-577-5550. 
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